When the talk about superhero underdog films pops up anywhere, Zachary Levi is right up there with the best of the best. Making his DC debut with Shazam!, it was thought that the film would just be another low-budget superhero film for the sake of introducing the character in the DCU. But the fact couldn’t be farther from the truth. The film was preponed for the audiences and still managed to earn a lot more than what was projected at the box office.
With the success of the first film and other exciting events, the release of Shazam!: Fury Of The Gods is just around the corner to be released worldwide, and fans cannot keep calm to watch this goofy, omnipotent superhuman in action again. But with everything that has been going on at DC Films headquarters, the management shift to new CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran puts the future of Shazam! hanging in the balance.
Zachary Levi Hopes That Shazam! Is In James Gunn’s Plans For The DCU
When the first film hit the theatres in 2019, Zachary Levi and everyone at DC Films were surprised with the commercial and critical success of Shazam!, a seemingly low-budget and lackluster story that was a somewhat small attempt at introducing an underdog character of DC Comics. But this turned out to be one of the few successful films by DC Films to engage the audience who were priorly drawn to Marvel Studios,
After the end credits started rolling, everyone who watched the film was hopeful for a sequel, seeing the development at the end, and the studio was happy to oblige. The sequel is all ready, but amid all the power shifts that happened at Warner Bros. Discovery, it is unclear whether new CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran are willing to keep Shazam a part of the roster that will enter the new era of the DCU with everyone else, seeing as many projects are being canceled by the Guardians Of The Galaxy director. During a panel at Comic-Con Portugal, Levi had this to say about the situation:
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With a lot of hype and even more rumors floating around the future of the franchise, it’s borderline impossible to say anything with certainty at this point, but there is still hope and a threat from one friend to another.
What To Expect From Shazam! Fury Of The Gods?
In the last scenes of the previous film, we saw Billy Batson’s foster family turn into superhuman beings just like his Shazam form and take on Doctor Sivana as a team. So now, the fans are excited to further explore the development that takes place when they are faced with an even greater foe that might just turn out to be too much for them to handle. The scene is set, and all we can do now is wait and hope we get to see more Shazam in the future after the next film.
Shazam! Fury Of The Gods will be released in cinemas on 17th March 2023.